Openshift on Eucalyptus

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This article explains how to setup openshift origin on a, Fedora 18 instance running on a Eucalyptus private cloud. In order to get Fedora 18 up and running as an instance on Eucalyptus one should follow this article , Fedora 18 EMI


The setup is very simple (POC based), it consists of 1 instance running Fedora 18, this instance would act as both broker as well as node in the openshift setup.

The instance type chosen is m1.xlarge that provides 2CPU/2048MB RAM/20GB of disk, the EMI is bfEBS hence providing persistent disk for root filesystem.

Installation and Configuration

In order to setup Openshift origin we rely on the openshift ansible playbook

Install git and ansible

On the local machine get ansible and git installed:

yum -y install git ansible

Configure ansible hosts

Edit the ansible hosts file (/etc/ansible/hosts) on to add broker and node information



Note that is public IP address of the instance, replace with correct settings.

Get the ansible playbook

git clone

Run the ansible playbook

The default login to the instance is as ec2-user , who has sudo privileges, the playbook has user set to root, we would need to modify that in both broker.yml and node.yml

sed -i -e 's/user: root/user: ec2-user/g' broker.yml node.yml

Next we need to run the following command after changing current working directory to the playbook directory, replace the private key with your environment specific configuration:

ansible-playbook --private-key=/home/jeevanullas/sshlogin --user=ec2-user --sudo broker.yml

That should do it , and setup the broker.

An output from a sample run in lab is available here

Next would be the node, replace the private key with your environment specific configuration:

ansible-playbook --private-key=/home/jeevanullas/sshlogin --user=ec2-user --sudo node.yml

An output from a sample run in lab is available here

Finalizing the install

  • Modify /var/named/ and replace the private IP with public IP wherever mentioned

  • Reboot the instance

Start using Openshift

This section would walk through verifying the install and then provide example on how to use the openshift origin PaaS

Verifying the broker

In order to quickly check if broker API endpoint is working, we do the following inside the instance

curl -Ik https://localhost/broker/rest/api

The output should look something like below

HTTP/1.1 200 
Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:49:28 GMT
Server: Apache/2.4.4 (Fedora)
X-Powered-By: Phusion Passenger (mod_rails/mod_rack) 3.0.17
X-UA-Compatible: IE=Edge,chrome=1
Cache-Control: max-age=0, private, must-revalidate
X-Request-Id: 828a632f548672f76150cf51e726fb9e
X-Runtime: 0.009659
X-Rack-Cache: miss
ETag: "850315cef2c28482d633170c5877d148"
Status: 200
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8

We can open the console from a web browser, after making sure DNS client points to the DNS server running inside the openshift instance, URL would be:

Install / Configure rhc

On the local machine , install rhc RPM that provides the client tools to connect to openshift PaaS, one could get the RPM for fedora 18 here

After installing rhc RPM:

rhc setup

A sample run from lab is available here

Setup a demo app

rhc app create demoeuca diy-0.1

A sample run from lab is available here

Now open in web browser the web page for our demo app

DIY or do-it-yourself cartridge allows us to plugin any language support into Openshift, for example C, for more information readers are recommended to read the following blog post

Install a new cartridge

One could install a new cartridge on the instance and restart the services to have them available for use, for example let's install a php-5.4 cartridge

yum -y install openshift-origin-cartridge-php-5.4

After this you should be able to start using php-5.4 in your deployments, by creating a new app using this cartridge

rhc app create demopho php-5.4 

If for some reason this fails, you could look at clearing the cartridge cache on the instance

cd /var/www/openshift/broker 
bundle exec rake tmp:clear


For more information on Openshift one should checkout the Openshift website . If you have any question about this wiki article please feel free to reach out to the google groups for euca-users